The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday submitted a report in the Thiruvananthapuram chief judicial magistrate’s court in a case of sexual assault on Congress general secretary (organization) KC Venugopal in connection with the solar scam case.
In its report filed in the CJM court, the central agency said it did not find any evidence to link the accused with the allegations leveled by complainant Saritha Nair and sought permission to close the case. The CBI had earlier given a clean chit to three other Congress leaders MP Hibi Eden, MP Adoor Prakash and former AP minister Anil Kumar.
The case was handed over to the CBI a month before the 2021 assembly elections after Nair petitioned the CM saying he did not get justice in sexual assault allegations leveled against many leaders and demanded a central agency probe. The government quickly handed over the case to the CBI in an apparent checkmate move to the Congress in the 2020 gold smuggling case.
In her complaint, the Congress leader alleged that Nair sexually assaulted her on four occasions. But the CBI said that his explanation and subsequent evidence did not add up and were not sufficient to proceed with the case. Venugopal was not available for his comments as he was busy with Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo yatra.
The solar scam case that brought down the Congress regime in 2016 involves an alleged fraud woman Saritha Nair and her second husband Biju Radhakrishnan, who were later convicted in a murder case, floated a company called “Team Solar” in 2013. and many cheated them by giving them stake in the company and good profits after selling the imported solar panels. Presumably, they cultivated good relationships in the corridors of power and displayed them to attract credible investors.
The cheating case came to light in 2014 and 60 cases were registered against the two. Nair later accused many Congress leaders of sexual assault, including CM Chandy, Congress general secretary KC Venugopal, MP Adoor Prakash, former minister AP Anil Kumar, MP Hibi Eden and BJP leader AP Abdullha Kutty. The opposition led by the CPI(M) took full advantage of the case to oust Chandy’s regime in the 2016 assembly elections. Later CBI filed 6 separate cases_ now cases against Chandy and Kutty remain.
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